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Hamilton County attorney disbarred

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - A Hamilton County attorney will disbarred by the state supreme court beginning Monday.

Michael Lee West has been ordered to pay restitution to four former clients, according to the Board of Professional Responsibility,

Three complaints of misconduct were made against West in April. Later three additional ethical complaints were launched.

In one of the cases, West misappropriated $45,000 in settlement proceeds he held in a trust for his client. In another complaint, West accepted a retainer fee but delayed taking action in a case for a year. In other cases, he failed to provide legal services, communicate with clients and notify them of the case status. 

West violated several Rules of Professional Conduct in the following areas: diligence, communication, fees, safekeeping property and funds, terminating representation, expediting litigation and misconduct. 

If West wants to be reinstated, he will have to pay costs and expenses.  

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